Grateful Dead Live at Pine Knob Music Theater on 1991-06-20
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
unknown mics > DAT > CDR > EAC x 2 > WAV > SHN3.0; via Chris Ladner, from Marc Laurent's discs; see info file for listening notes
- Clarkston, MI
- Pine Knob Music Theater
Subject: great sounding AUD
Set 1 doesn't gel; Bruce's accordian is far too prevalent throughout the show (a sound I usually don't mind); is it unfair to take this Peggy-O, for example, and compare it to the hypno-drone delicacy of a '77 version? If not, then do so. They seem in quite an awful hurry to finish the tune, and Bruce really just overrides all the other instruments here. Mexicali just limps, and Bruce or someone almost forgets their cue on Maggie's Farm - it's just been done much, much better, folks.
Bird Song is the lone keeper of the first set - now, *this* is some magic! There's a small 2nd-source patch here for the tune's outtro, in case you're wondering why it's broken up.
Set 2 - yadda yadda, Throwing Stones, blah blah blah. Hey, it's cool - as a set opener it certainly forces you to hear it all in a newer context. I am a *huge* fan of some of those searing early-mid 80s renditions of this political ditty; they hadn't settled into that Samson-esque midsection then and some of those experiments were really quite something. But let's face it, it is just a decent tune in this stage of the game, not the whalloping psyche-bomb Bobby may have hoped for. Still in all, if you're going to re-appraise or appreciate this one anew (at least post-87), here's a good place to start.
This 2nd set is kind of like post-Space > D>S > post-Space....Iko presents the best pure instrumentation of the show, Bird Song aside, Watchtower sears (and for posterity's sake, it's a Dylan tune, avacado. Check out John Wesley Harding :), Standing on the Moon has an equally cool solo from Jerry, and the drop into He's Gone is kind of a mini-masterstroke - same pace, same tempo, *whew*!
D>S presents the usual weirdness, although in the context of this setlist it is definitely almost out of place, strange...Jerry blows the lyrics in Wharf Rat pretty badly, if that sort of thing bugs you. They forgot where they left off with Stones and repeat a bit of it, but whatever - it's kind of fun to hear them close the book on that suite. Fun, but not, like, totally amazzzzzng, dude.
I dunno, I guess this show's bound to have it's champions. No, they don't sound like a bad cover band - one listen to Bird Song will prove that. But I think this is a dumb choice for official release. See beyond stunt moves like a weird setlist - it really just ultimately holds the same function as 3D glasses in a movie: a distraction from the content. Once you see through all of that, this show has some good moments, but you've heard them do far, far better on this very same tour. Download this AUD if you want to hear; just don't get suckered into buying it.
Subject: This recording is good
Subject: Not sped up
"Are they energetic, using a vocal harmonizor, or is the tape sped up ?"
The show's DAT sourced, ergo speed change is impossible.
Subject: Dear Sirs
And I have to say...WTF?? It sounds like a bad Grateful Dead cover band. Jerry sounds lost, totally crowded out by all that infernal keyboard noise. Criminy.
Sorry to be a grump. If you like this stuff--and I'm sure many people found it utterly magical--I hear this is a good one to check out. But...
Subject: throwin -> iko, wharf rat -> throwin, wha?
starts a little shaky, before jerry pulls it together for a dynamite peggy-o, followed by a nice mexi -> maggie's, bird song.
but this is all about the second set.. and it's really the bob tunes that are showcased. the throwin sandwich is totally out of left field, and the transition between throwin and iko is, as another reviewer said, total goosebump material. watchtower and miracle are both really hot, especially miracle, which flows really nicely out of the wheel. easily the best miracle that i ever saw. a really bright and lively wharf rat brings us back to... throwin??! wtf? i was NOT expecting that. did they ever split throwin before or since? and it really works. not fade, brokedown... of those i attended, this is one of my favorites for sure. 4.5 stars, rounded up for style.
Subject: who cares??
Was at Pine Knob once to see the Beach Boys(free tickets) with Warren Zevon as the opener!! A surreal night to be sure!! anyhow D/L this and say out loud... Thank you The One Love,Thank you to the Dead and of course Thanks so much to the tapers,the uploaders and the ARchive!!
Subject: the pine
Subject: my first shows
Subject: Fantastic show!
If you like the 90's (I personally think 91 was a great year), you'll enjoy this one.
Subject: very good aud
Subject: Hell yeah baby!!!!
Damn! This may be the best audience tape I've ever heard in my life! And what a F!@#$%G amazing setlist. As one reviewer said previously, it may look awkward on papaer, but upon first listen it blew me away how the boys made it all gel so smoothly. Check out Bruce Hornsby's accordion playing on Perggy-O! Oh, how I love the Grateful Dead! Jerry's magic will never die! Thank you taper for this magical gem!!!
Subject: Phil Bombs!
Subject: worth burning
Phil is rediculously hot (and tuned up in the mix)much to the joy of my head.
Subject: Download This Show Now!
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